Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, has joined world-leading writers and thinkers to launch the third series of Hay Levels masterclasses, an inspiring, free series of educational videos from the Hay Literary Festival in which experts from a range of disciplines offer inspiration to...
Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, will give a public lecture, "Quantum Mathematics and the Fate of Space, Time, and Matter," at Stanford University on October 5th at 7:00 p.m. Abstract : Many mathematical concepts trace their origins to everyday experience, from...
Charles Kolb, a Senior Public Policy Executive and contributor for Huffington Post , writes of the realities of waning American innovation and productivity, along with the great decline of basic research funding. With reference to the Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (Princeton University Press, March...
Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf sits down with a group of seven-year-olds to answer the question “Why is the sky blue?” Through a series of simple experiments, Dijkgraaf and the “class” explore light and color to arrive at an answer. View...
It is as if the scientific disciplines are formed in strata, like the geological layers on display in the Grand Canyon. Moving from one layer to another, we see examples of emergence and reductionism, these two overarching organizing principles of modern science. Zooming out, we...
The University of Amsterdam celebrated the start of its 385th anniversary year with a science talk show hosted by Robbert Dijkgraaf , Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor. Titled "What’s Next?," the show included several prominent University of Amsterdam researchers who discussed major future...
Fuld Hall, Institute for Advanced Study
A $2 million donation from Eric and Wendy Schmidt will support the launch of the Program in Theoretical Machine Learning in the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Mathematics. Eric Schmidt is the Executive Chairman of Google; Wendy Schmidt is President of The Schmidt Family...
John Ewing, President of Math for America, writes in the Huffington Post : The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge was recently republished along with a companion essay, The World of Tomorrow by Robbert Dijkgraaf, the current director of the Institute for Advanced Study. Dijkgraaf’s...
“Perhaps the biggest fact of the last three hundred years of history is that life expectancy tripled in the West and in many other parts of the world. But it's not connected to one discovery or one battle being fought—it is a tremendous driver and...
Robbert Dijkgraaf , Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, discusses the complex relationship between mathematics and physics with Brady Haran of Numberphile during the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. Dijkgraaf examines the differences between the fields, their powerful connection fostered by the...
What is "useless" knowledge? Can it ever become useful? And how can this approach to scientific research be applied further afield? To be really useful, it’s always a second order of fact. It’s always something that comes as a spin-off of your primary drive, which...
It's not only about sharing the products of science, but also the values of science—thinking longterm, thinking about both facts and the uncertainties, thinking in terms of reason. . . . If you think about the Space Race, it was wonderful to put a person...